Friday, December 13

THIS MONTH'S PIE: Apple Pear Cranberry Pie

A couple years ago, my husband and I went to a local pie shop to get coffee and well, pie! I had a slice of their Apple Pear Cranberry and instantly fell in love. After making countless trips back, I knew this was a pie I had to learn how to bake. Lucky for me, a local newspaper liked it just as much as I did and published it online. Below you'll find the recipe. Make it for a holiday party or a family dinner. Everyone will be asking for another slice!


Preheat oven to 400 degrees

4 cups of Grammy Smith apples (cored and peeled), cut into 2 inch pieces
3 1/2 cups Bartlett or Bosc pears (cored and peeled), cut into 2 inch pieces
1/3 cup fresh (or thawed) cranberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine the apples and pears in a mixing bowl; toss with lemon juice. Place the cornstarch, sugar, brown sugar, Chinese five-spice powder and salt in the bowl, then mix. Add to the pear-apple mixture; toast til fruit is well-coated. Transfer mixture to a casserole dish and bake for 20-25 minutes until fruit juices are thickened. Add cranberries and bake for 5-10 minutes more until the cranberries are softened and a few have burst. Remove dish from oven and set aside. Once cooled the mixture may be refrigerated overnight.

Walnut crumble topping:
1 cup walnut (halves or pieces)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
pinch of kosher salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into 1-inch pieces)

Using a stand mixer (paddle attachment) and mix all ingredients until butter is size of peas and mixture is crumbly. Do not let mixture come together into a dough.

Assemble pie:
Place the fruit mixture in a baked pie shell (find recipe online). Top the mixture with 1 1/2 cups of the walnut crumble topping and bake for 10 minutes. Add an additional 1 cup of crumble and bake for 15-20 minutes until crumble is evenly browned. There will be some crumble left over.

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